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The origin of the Granja de Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Winery has been lost in the mists of time. A necropolis at the centre of the estate points to the existence of a village as far back as the 10th century. It tells us of count Erramel from Álava , the founder of Erramelluri, a historic toponym dating from the Late Middle Ages. In this place now, surrounded by their oldest vineyards, an old wine press was carved out of the rock, almost certainly representing one of the oldest traces of the wine industry in La Rioja. In the 14th century, Hieronymite monks settled on these lands, creating a sanctuary farm, which belonged to the Toloño monastery, located on the summit of the mountain of the same name. The Granja de Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Winery vineyards are located at the foot of the Tolono mountains, at an elevation of up to 800 meters. The soil is poor, and extreme temperature fluctuations between night and day from August to the end of October make maturation slow and produce grapes of superb quality. North winds lower the risk of pests resulting from humidity. Vineyards are tended sustainably but are not certified organic. Remelluri’s goal is to obtain healthy, ripe, concentrated, low-yield grapes. They do not irrigate. They select and graft their own plants. They do not use herbicides, systemic products or chemical fertilizers. Only organic compost and manure are used, with traditional methods such as copper, sulphur and chalk as preventive treatments. Malolactic fermentation takes place for one month in large French tinas which are more than 100 years old. The estate has 80 plots with 256 microclimates, which are vinified separately. After rackings and tastings, the tinas with the best wine are selected to make Remelluri and blended. The blend is placed into small oak barricas for aging from 12 to 15 months, followed by a couple of years of bottle aging. Remelluri’s first vintage was 1971. Granja de Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Winery Remelluri Rioja Tinto is a wine luscious with fruit and full bodied with notes of white pepper. This powerful Rioja wine will keep improving with its captivating aromas of cherry, cured meat, tobacco and licorice. Lush and juicy, with fresh red and dark fruit flavors, silky tannins and slow-mounting herbal qualities. Turns sweeter on the finish, with sexy oak spices lingering seductively. Granja de Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Winery Ctra. Rivas, s/n 01330 Labastida Alava Tel: +34 941 331 801 Fax: +34 941 331 802 Email: remelluri@sea.es Web: www.remelluri.com